Victor

loosely based on “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley 

Nomination for best show at Sfumato Festival / Small Season 2018

Jury Prize “Direction Under 30 2017”
Project winner of the contest “Strabismi 2017”
Project winner of the contest “Casa con vista Fringe 2017” | Turin Fringe Festival 

 

By DispensaBarzotti
production DispensaBarzotti
in collaboration with UOT_Teatro alla Corte di Giarola
director Alessandra Ventrella
collaboration on the project Riccardo Calabrò e Consuelo Ghiretti
cast Rocco Manfredi, Consuelo Ghiretti, Riccardo Calabrò
lighting and sound Alessandra Ventrella
technical consultancy Jannick De Sousa Mendes
set design Rocco Manfredi
artistic residencies UOT_Teatro alla Corte di Giarola, Santa Caterina Performing Arts,
Casa del Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani ONLUS,
Spazio ZUT!, Teatro Europa

Every lovestory is a ghost story” D.F.Wallace

Two broken legs try to get up, feet attempt to rise from the ground, but they sink into the floor. Hazy eyes are about to give up, while the light continues entering through a window that trickles down, drop by drop. Everything cries all around this body, flooding a room.

Nevertheless, Victor is still alive, immersed in an aquarium, like a fish that is about to die in the throes of convulsions. There is a soaking wet creature who, during the night, comes to see him, bringing him back to the surface. That wonderful being calls up distant or future memories never fulfilled, deceiving him into taking shelter. Things that keep him alive are the same that make him sink.

Victor, from below the sheet of ice that holds him captive, observes the time freezing.

Anyone goes and put on the fire.

“Victor” is the first work inspired by the greatest horror’s novels and the first chapter of an ideal “Trilogy of the immortality“. The second chapter will be “Dracula” by Bram Stoker and finally  “The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Luis Stevenson. In this trilogy there is the wish to paint the incontrollable spirits inside us.

In Frankenstein there are images, atmospheres and emotions that live in us before theatre. There are topics and obsessions that we need to see on stage. We don’t want to tell about the novel’s plot but rather its protagonists: the nightmares, the eternal lonliness, the fear that become sickness. We create “monsters”: something ungovernable that we never meant to create.

We have thinked a lot about the separation as a place; a place where everything cry. We don’t want the end, never. We force ourself to give again life and heart to everything, by any means. Interesting, for us, is relationship between Frankenstein and his creature: a relationship that is a metaphore with various meaning. Interesting and powerfull is the relationship between Victor and his love Elisabeth.

Victor” is attempt to paint a portrait of a inner abyss. In this buried ocean where ruins float appears everything that is still alive, everything that have not end, everything that we try to tie to us, everything that we fight in order to don’t became ghosts of ourself.

Victor’s reality is full of distant memories, full of never made future. At the end, everything disappears. Only a holy altar remains. There are changing flames that die out; there are fire wisps but their embers will not regain to flame. Just for a moment seems that a big blaze comes: a big real and hot blaze; a big real, hot and bright blaze; a big, real, hot, bright, thin and strong blaze.

Maybe is a dream, but a dream so powerfull to throw us in an other world…

“For the delicacy and poetry applied to deal with this subject.
For the mastery of language and originality of the staging.
For the multiplicity of reading themes.
For the immediacy, for being gratifying and for the strenght of aesthetic yield.”
Direction Under 30 2017, Motivation of the jury

”The new play of this young theatre company from Parma goes beyond the form, mixing theatre with cinema, illusionism with visual art. A totalizing experience which makes you stare open-mouthed, like children at circus do, without forgetting the considerable poetic and emotional strength that can hardly leave indifferent.”
Carlo D’Acquisto, Papavero Blog 2017 – Teatro Sociale Gualtieri